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The Directors Bureau Signs Film and Commercial Director Sam Holst

Holst brings a passion for cinematic narratives to the commercial world and has helmed spots for numerous big brands

The Directors Bureau Signs Film and Commercial Director Sam Holst

Los Angeles-based production company The Directors Bureau has signed award-winning filmmaker and commercial director Sam Holst for U.S. representation. Holst brings a passion for cinematic narratives to the commercial world and has helmed spots for Vodafone, P&G, Wrigley, General Mills, Las Vegas Tourism and Sportsbet, among others. Holst’s work has earned top industry accolades, including a Gold Lion for Film & TV Campaigns from Cannes Lions, a Silver Clio for Film & TV, a Gold AICP Award for Music and a Gold Epica Award for Film & TV. He was recognised in the Shots Magazine New Directors Showcase, and was selected for the SHOOT Magazine New Directors Showcase.

Click here to view a selection of Holst’s work.

Holst’s short drama Meathead was one of nine films selected to screen In Competition at the 64th Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or. The project also won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film in Generation at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival. In 2014, Sam was selected to attend the Cinéfondation Residence in Paris, hosted by the Cannes Film Festival, to write and develop his debut feature.

Notes The Directors Bureau MD and Executive Producer Lisa Margulis, "When I watched Sam’s work for the first time I was instantly pulled in, and watched all of it with true interest to see what transpired with the characters, in his spots and short films.  His performances and casting were spot on, as well as the pacing…down to the wardrobe. He just has good taste and the ability to pull you in.  And that’s what short content is all about, hooking you instantly.”  

The Director’s Bureau Director/Owner Roman Coppola adds, “Sam’s work is witty and clever, and his executions are imaginative.  I always appreciate directors who work in longer formats, but can capture the same character studies in shorter renditions.”

Adds Holst, “I have always admired the work of The Directors Bureau – both inside and outside of advertising - as well as the particular directors and artists on their roster. I’m looking forward to shooting projects in the States together.”

The Directors Bureau has been operating out of Hollywood for over 20 years, and maintains a distinctive roster of directors who capture the popular imagination in a broad range of media. Their mission to build an acclaimed dossier of like-minded artists with varied careers has been marked by highly newsworthy and cinematic endeavours. A singular company culture fosters originality and collaboration, which shines through in the company's exceptional work.

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